One of the most horrifying things for children is the idea of their parents being abused. Often, people pay thousands of dollars to ensure their parents or loved ones are well taken care of in their old age. Unfortunately, people take advantage of the trust given to them and use it to abuse to harm others.
This issue does not get the attention it deserves. Most people think nursing home abuse is something they only see in the news. What kind of person would try to harm a defenseless elderly person? The truth is that abuse happens more than you think and in more than one way.
How Does Elder Abuse Happen?
The nursing home industry has a high turnover rate. Many places struggle to hold onto the necessary staff that they need in order to operate. Because of this desperate need for people, a lot of people who shouldn’t have any job caring for someone, get full employment, doing just that. The abuse these people inflict isn’t just physical. Sometimes it can be emotional, or even financial.
If you fear your loved one is being abused in any way, look for the warning signs. Sometimes, even home healthcare employees may abuse your loved one. Elder abuse doesn’t just happen at nursing homes. It can happen anywhere, to anyone.
Who is Most Likely to be Victimized?
Factors such as your loved one’s physical and mental state can greatly increase their chance of being abused. Those with any conditions which require special care and those with memory conditions such as dementia are at an increased risk of being abused. Elderly individuals who are secluded or live far away from family members are also at risk. For financial abuse, family members who still take care of all of their banking are at risk. You can find the warning signs of financial elder abuse here.
Seek a San Antonio Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If you suspect that a loved one has been or is the victim of abuse in a nursing home in San Antonio, do not hesitate to seek help. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering.
The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm is experienced with San Antonio nursing home abuse cases. We will protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. Call today for your free consultation.